Monday Fun Day A-Z

Well I just got back from a nice little stay at the beach and am ready to hit the ground running.  We were in Laguna for a family reunion, where the girls ran a 5k (girl power for the win), grabbed countless cups of java, golfed, spent some needed R&R at the beach (maybe a little too much, resulting in a slight burn…oops), and indulged in delicious food.

IMG_9205 IMG_9212Yes, my sister was the first female finisher for the race! Of course a cute guy that tried to talk to her during the race (dude, didn’t you see she was trying to win?) then walks over and starts to chat it up 😉 I think I’ll be her race caddy and then have her pick up all the adorable single runners for us.  Good plan, don’t you think? 😉

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Post race celebration with my sister, mom, and aunts.  Zinc is a little market and cafe in Laguna/Corona Del Mar and is my absolute favorite.  We eat there every time we are in the area and it never fails to impress me.  They have a cafe along with a to-go area with fresh salads, lasagnas, and quiches, all of which are completely gourmet.

I ordered the museli (Swiss oats soaked in creme and topped with fresh fruit, granola, and blueberries) and a vanilla latte.IMG_9231

I spent a little bit of time while on the sand yesterday, listing out some of the things on my to-do list and how I should accomplish them.  Lists are not for everyone, but they help me focus and keep me concentrated   Otherwise I bounce from project to project, not really accomplishing anything. Oh wait, that still happens.  Some items to accomplish: organize/clean out for yard sale, work on photo cards, experiment in the kitchen, schedule some social activities so I’m not a hermit, plan for the future, etc.

For now, I’ll start the week off with a fun survey that’s been bouncing around.

A. Attached or Single?
Unless it’s to my computer, I’m single

B. Best Friend?
I’ll pull cliché answer with my mom and sister are probably my two best friends but they are family and are stuck with me.  I’ve been fortunate to make solid friends over the years and would have to say there are three core girls I keep in touch with from high school (Lindsay, Laura, and Sara) and a couple from college (Liz and Alexis).

C. Cake or pie?
Three words – ICE.CREAM.CAKE.  I think it’s been ages since I actually had ice cream cake, but just thinking about it makes me swoon. 😉  How about ice cream cupcakes?  These aren’t filled with ice cream, but were delicious all the same. IMG_9185

D. Day of choice?
Probably Saturday.  A day to do pretty much anything or nothing 🙂

E. Essential Item?
My iPhone (running, blogging, photography, music, communication).  What can I say? I’m a millennial child.

F. Favorite color?
Turquoise

G. Gummy bears or worms?
Bears (Sprouts has an excellent selection).  I especially love to put a few in my frozen yogurt concoctions

H. Home town?
Small town in Southern California.  Just going to have to keep y’all guessing

I. Favorite Indulgence?
New running clothes, cooking utensils, or fun culinary ingredients.

J. January or July?
July! It’s the peak of summer with no sight of stress or school and has one of my favorite holidays – 4th of July.  Now, I’m not sure how this will change when I no longer have a summer vacation, but I have always had a soft spot for summer weather.

K. Kids?
Nope.  Still working out my own life at the moment.

L. Life isn’t complete without?
Friends, family, a good workout, and a good bottle of wine.

M. Marriage date? Mountain or Beach?
I definitely enjoy Mammoth Mountain in the summer – the clear air of the Sierra’s and the ability to escape reality.  However, I’ll always be at home by the ocean.

N. Number of brothers/sisters?
One younger sister – Meghan (or Megnan as I like to call her.  No, I didn’t mistype)  We like to call my dog the son of the family.

O. Oranges or Apples?
Hmmmm, well got to love those orange slices from AYSO soccer days.  (I’ll be posting a recipe soon for candied orange slices, so stay tuned.)  I also love apples, caramel apples, dried apples, Martinelli’s apple juice…can’t I just eat both and call it a day?

P. Phobias?
I like to conquer my fears but there are some things that I’ll never get over.  One for the time being is – people opening the emergency doors on planes – there was one woman on my last flight who would stretch her leg on the exit, obviously freaking me out.

Q. Quotes?
I usually end my posts with a quote but here’s one of my favorites “Everything will be okay in the end.  If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon

R. Reasons to smile?
Oh boy, smiling makes life better.  I’d say – every day, my dog, making my family laugh, and hey, Dodgers winning works too.

S. Season of choice?
I’ve never experienced the change of seasons since California pretty much has one.  I’m a spring baby and love the anticipation of summer, but there are so many festivities included in fall.   Who knows…

T. Tag 5 People. Trip for the Future
London sort of exhausted my desire to go-go-go for awhile, so a relaxing vacation sounds mighty nice.  Any recommendations?

U. Unknown fact about me?
While I’ve lived outside of the country (England as a baby and Barcelona in 2011), I’ve never lived in any other state besides California.

V. Vegetable?
Not to pull one of those healthy blogger responses, but I’m OBSESSED with vegetables right now.  Eggplant, tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, broccoli, onion, sweet potato, and squash.   Interesting because I clearly recall gagging on squash as a child and making a huge scene.

W. Worst habit?
Between my ability to overanalyze and my impulsiveness, I think that covers it.

X. Xray or Ultrasound?
Xray as long as I have funky sound-canceling headphones.  Being somewhat of a neat freak, I don’t like the idea of strange goo all over me.

Y. Your favorite food?
No way this is a one-word answer.  Frozen yogurt, ice cream, berries, apples, massive plate of mixed vegetables, salmon, and cheese.

Z. Zodiac sign?
Taurus for the win.  I like to look up my horoscope in the daily newspaper and have to say, they can be strangely accurate 🙂

Choose one and respond?  Randomness at it’s best, I think. 

 ENJOY THE DAY 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Monday Fun Day A-Z

  1. HAHAHA! I have to confess that I cracked multiple smiles while reading this! Ice cream cakes definitely were a childhood staple in my life as well, but cupcakes sound SOSOSO good! I agree that California has one season, and I can’t really complain about that!

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